Summer is here. Well, actually it’s been here for a little bit but the weather has been kind of funky so forgive me for being late to the party…slash, in general. Regardless, the blog portion of indiarose.ca
has been off to a slow start and I apologize.
Summer, for me, is a bit hectic and I imagine it is for a lot of you as well. Maybe it’s because I hibernate in the winter long, or maybe it’s just because everything feels nicer in the sunshine, including people, but for some reason I seem to be far busier in the months between June and August than I ever am the rest of the year.
I tend to eat healthier on a daily basis in the summer since the weather makes salads and fresh produce far more palatable, especially when it comes from a local farmer’s market. However, there’s a plethora of ~free radicals~ out there to try to throw a wrench in my plans to age very, very slowly. Namely, the sun, iced coffees the size of my head and endless alcoholic patio beverages.
Now don’t get me wrong— I’m not saying we should avoid any of these things. This season is a glorious one and we should take advantage of all that comes with it. All I’m saying is that all this sunny fun will be over soon enough and I don’t want anyone rolling into September— which is the true start of a new year, let’s be real— feeling parched, sunburnt and permanently hangover.
Here are some products that make me look and feel like I haven’t just spent the day drinking in a park in direct sunlight.
Sure, these all-natural lip and eye masks make for a fun selfie, but they also happen to work really well. These babies make your lips feel plump and hydrated and your eyes look firm and rested. I like to put them on before a big or after a big night out.
If you haven’t yet embraced sunscreen…it’s time to do so. If you live in the PNW like I do, I get having reservations about wearing SPF all year long considering that vitamin D an feel like a precious resource in these parts. But for peak summer months, come on! There’s no disputing that it’s a necessary thing.
You can choose between a chemical and a physical sunscreen. Chemical gets absorbed by the skin whereas physical sits on top of you to block the skin. I’m pretty sure most doctors will say that either is better than nothing, but physical is superior at protecting your body’s largest organ from our solar system’s hottest star.
Suntegrity is a super clean, physical formula that provides excellent protection. I like the tinted version because it has the same amount of coverage as a BB or CC cream, which is pretty much perfect for everyday summer makeup. Some zinc-based physical sunscreens can feel chalky or leave a white cast but this formula doesn’t.
A pump or two will cover your entire face and neck, but if you want more makeup coverage, you can mix it into your existing foundation.
On Instagram, I described this serum as a glass of wine and a bubble bath for your face. You could also call it Xanax for your face. Whatever tickles your fancy. This concentrated serum uses a cocktail of soothing plant-based ingredients to provide relief to inflamed skin, which can be caused by things like poor less, sun exposure and air travel. Sounds like summer, right?
Dr. Sturm advises you to layer your serums from clear to milky and then to follow with your moisturizer. Obviously, you can use this baby on your own, but if you’re using something else like a vitamin C serum be sure to put that on before the Calming Serum.
I’ve been using this product, along with pretty much the entire Dr. Stürm line for the past few weeks and my skin and I are so happy. The Calming Serum is easy to incorporate into any existing skincare regimen since the goal of this product is to not irritate your skin. You have to be careful when you’re layering serums with high levels of active ingredients, like acids or vitamin C serums, but this guy works well with pretty much everyone. That being said, if you’ve been playing around with a few too many active ingredients and you feel like you’re skin is angry and irritated as a result, consider taking a break from them and using only this serum for a while
This “lotion” might seem ambiguous in its use but believe me, it is very special. First things first, this isn’t a toner, nor is it a face cream. It’s not a serum either. You use it at the same time that you would use an essence, but it’s not an essence. Are you following? Cleanse your face, apply your toner if that’s something that you do, apply this lotion, and then follow with the rest of your serums and moisturizers.
“But why India? Why do I use such a thing?”
This lotion is meant to be used in combination with sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s heat. Now, don’t get confused, this ISN’T a sunscreen. This is sunscreen’s soul mate. It soothes the skin and fights free radicals while regulating its temperature preventing hyperpigmentation.
Despite not wanting to be sunburnt, I love the look of a little sunburn. These colours make me look like I’ve been spending time out on a boat off the sunshine coast when in actuality, I’ve been hanging out at my desk. Apply the blush across your cheeks and the bridge of your nose. I feel like this lip colour is the perfect compliment to that kind of look. It’s red, but washed out, like after you applied it you went and drank Aperol spritzes on a lounge chair all afternoon and then took a dunk in the ocean before dinner. Top the liner with a little bit of this gloss if you want to add some shine.
Okay, everyone, these are my faves for the remaining months of sunshine. If you see me out on a patio, be sure to say hi.